Tuesday, May 16, 2017

what i have been working on

well the past couple of months i HAVEN'T BEEN MAKING MUGS! or any of my regular tableware for that matter.
and i haven't missed it. i really needed to try something new, and my upcoming show has given me the opportunity to make new work and show it.
the theme is "city" which has been really challenging for me as i don't consider myself a city person, even though we (reluctantly) moved to the city last year! so after living on the outskirts of town for many years, i have found myself in town and thinking about all the different aspects of city life and how to illustrate it, tell a story about it, make it into pots....

I ended up with (mostly) tall storage jars and vases and lots of drawing and lots of liquid latex and lots of hours put into single pieces...quite a step away from the studio production mode i am usually in!

here are a couple of before and after shots of some pieces:


i had in mind factories and smokestacks. it's meant to be a tulipiere, so image a tulip in each smokestack....

crows, crows, crows and nowhere to park....


and a little "chihuahua in a rainjacket" bud vase for good measure. very westcoast city chic.

if you want to see more (think graffiti, tent cities, and bc place circa 1984 casserole dish...) come on down to the show! I am sharing the show and space with a talented Vancouver potter, Nevena Tadic

Cityscape runs June 1-June 25
opening reception 5-7, June 1 (I will be there!)
at Gallery of BC Ceramics
1359 Cartwright Street
Granville Island
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Friday, June 24, 2016

and how the photos turned out...

here's a few photos from the photos session shown in the last post, i think they turned out very well! A big shout out to my dad who is the photographer in the family....

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

more fun with photos

so i am working on photos for entries into a couple of upcoming shows...deadline the end of the month! (naturally!)

have a different, kind of funky, homemade set-up for taking photos of larger items, with graduated background etc. basically it is PVC pipe, and some frosted corplast (to deflect the light), black cloth (to darken the back) and grey photo paper....

here are a couple of photos of the setup, resulting photos to follow....


Friday, April 22, 2016

photos: trying to be techno

Well, I don't do a very good job of keeping up with technology and social media...I am not on facebook (it's been on my to do list for years) or instagram (to do list)...but I do have this blog and an etsy page, which I am trying to update/overhaul and stay current with. I do respond to emails in a timely fashion, and even text (still new and a big deal)! why I remember sending my first emails in university....
in any case i have been taking photos, which in my mind sometimes seems an arduous task, but isn't so bad when i get down to it. especially when it means time outside on the glorious sunny (hot!) weather we have been blessed with!
here's a shot of my little pop-put set-up and a photo soon to be posted on etsy...


Friday, March 4, 2016

getting down to it

okay, so it's not really winter anymore...spring around the corner, daffodils in full bloom, blossoms snowing down in the wind, the peas and broad beans peeking up...
so its time wake up from my mentlal hibernation and get down to it, making of a more productive sort, or a more regular routine. this week was mugs, egg cups, juice cups, tumblers, and platters!
here's shots from the afternoon...

BEFORE (platters off the hump molds, with rims finished):

DURING (stencils chosen and placed around, not yet attached):

AFTER (slip poured over stencils, then slip trailing, sgraffito, text, etc...and stencils pulled off)

hoping to load the platters and everything else in the kiln tomorrow!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

slow and steady

it's been a slow start to the new year, and feels like it has entailed more cleaning, purging, sorting, and dump runs than making...just as well - it does take the studio a long time to heat up this time of year.
but i have managed to find a bit of play time, while also making, yes, mugs...am trying to stick to a goal of spending on week a month (for the next few months) making new things, or playing, making new images, etc...

here's from some time spent in january: